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The three best things to do in New York today

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Jillian Anthony
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See the Columbus Day Parade
He may be one of the most famous failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance?
Fifth Ave from 44th St to 72nd St, 11:30am, free

Get brainy at Ask Me Another
Dig into trivia, brainteasers, kooky comedy and music at a live taping of the beloved NPR radio show with host Ophira Eisenberg. Each month features special guests from the quirkiest corners of the media, including past VIPs Paul Feig, Brad Bird, Adrian Tomine and Ellie Kemper. This week's edition celebrates Starz' upcoming Ash vs. Evil Dead TV event with guest VIPs and consumate badasses Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless.
The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, 7pm, $20, at the door $25

Shop for barely there underwear at the Hanky Panky sample sale
If holey underwear and bras with broken underwire aren’t reason enough to update your lingerie game, cheeky styles up to 75 percent off might b. Head to Chelsea Market to score lace thongs for $11 each (normally $20–$30), or buy 12 pairs and get one free. Boy shorts are cut from $29–$36 to $14, while baby-dolls and chemises are tagged $30 (normally $60–$120).
75 Ninth Ave, noon, free 

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